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Emergency Drug Guidelines

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This course has been designed keeping in view  the second edition of the Emergency Drug Guidelines {developed by National Drugs and Therapeutics Committee (NDTC), Fiji}. The course is targeted at health care professionals, student and health workers working in hospitals and in the primary health care settings. It should be noted that the drugs recommended in the course are pertinent to those available on Fiji's Essential Medicines Formulary (EMF). However, drug therapy should always be adjusted to the individual patient situation, as it does not cover all contraindications or dosage alterations in special situations.

Key Features of the Course

After completing this Emergency Drug Guidelines course (offline version is also available), students will be able to: 

  • Understand Common Medicine Used in Emergencies.
  • Learn Clinical Use, Adverse/Side Effects, Contraindications and Dosage of the Emergency Drugs.
  • How to Effectively Respond to Emergencies Such as, Cardiac, Respiratory and Neurological Emergencies.
  • Administrative Measures to be Taken in Emergencies.


Based on the second edition of the Emergency Drug Guidelines, developed by National Drugs and Therapeutics Committee (NDTC), Fiji, the course is targeted at health care professionals working in hospitals as well as in the primary health care settings.The course is divided into 8 modules, and a certificate will be awarded upon successful completion of these modules. If you have any queries, please feel free to raise them in the discussion forum. 
Module 1 includes the general description on common drugs/medicines used in emergency conditions. You will learn about the clinical use, adverse/side effects, contraindications and dosages and administration of the emergency drugs. The types of drugs include local anesthetics, sedatives and induction agents, anticholinergics, opioid analgesics, antiemetics, corticosteroids, antiepileptics, antiarrhyhthmics, antihypertensives, inotropic agents, diuretics, muscle relaxants, neuroleptics, anti-asthma drugs, intravenous fluids, and drugs for tetanus.
Module 2 covers the detailed information on the management of heart conditions in emergencies. The critical conditions discussed in this module are cardiac arrest, cardiogenic shock. unstable angina, acute myocardial infarction, cardiac arrhythmias, acute pulmonary edema and hypertensive emergencies. Moreover, cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) procedure has been explained.
This particular module focuses on emergency treatment of respiratory emergencies such as, asthma, exacerbation of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, croup, as well as administration of epiglottis oxygen therapy.
In module 4, the discussion concerns emergency drug treatments of seizures, migraine, oculogyric crisis, tetanus, and acute bacterial meningitis in adults.
In module 5, the discussion is centered around general amanagement principles involving cases of poisoning and overdosing emergencies, and treatment guidlines for specific poisons and overdoses.
Modules 6 discusses endocrine system emergencies, and treatment of endocrine disorders such as diabetic ketoacidosis(DKA), hyperosmolar hyperglycemic state (HHS), adrenal insufficiency, hypoglycemia, thyroid storm, myxedema coma (hypothyroid crisis), and pheochromocytoma.
Module 7 covers emergency treatment guidelines for fluid and electrolyte emergencies such as, hyperkalemia, hypokalemia, hypercalcemia, hypocalcemia fluid resuscitation principles.
Module 8 discusses emergency treatment guidelines for anaphylaxis, pre-eclampsia, septic shock and acute psychosis.
Important: In order to access the completion certificate, the students need to complete the feedback, course evaluation and survey forms. Please click on the following links to submit these forms.

How It Works

Study Material

This self-paced course has been designed in a manner that enhances understanding of the core concepts and provides easy to access learning materials. The course uses a range of study material such as pre-recorded videos, lecture slides, quizzes and assignments, and is developed by a team of dedicated health education experts.

Getting Help

Connect with other students through the discussion forum, where you can easily discuss the course or debate the ideas. Need more help? Your instructors are also available online to answer any questions you might have.

Extend Your Career with a Verified Certificate

POLHN self-paced courses are recognised by Pacific Ministries of Health. Once you have successfully completed the course, you will receive an official certificate. This certificate can be used for credit to gain CPD points.

Course Questions & Answers

Course Summary

Course code: EDG
Average module length: 30 mins
Total course time: 4 - 5 hours
Number of modules: 8
Institution: National Drugs and Therapeutics Committee - Ministry of Health
Subject: Emergency Drug Guidelines
Language: English
Mode: Self-paced
Status: Ongoing

Course Author

Pacific Health Systems

Division of Pacific Technical Support

World Health Organisation | Division of Pacific Technical Support | Suva, Fiji

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